The Razer Raptor 27 is a gaming monitor, but is the Razer Raptor 27 monitor as successful as the razer accessories? Here is the Razer Raptor 27 Review.
Razer Raptor 27 goes its own way
With the Raptor 27, Razer is entering the competitive field of gaming monitors. After all, there are ten gaming monitors alone in the 27 ″ monitor range with WQHD, 144 Hz and 1 ms in our shop. Razer wouldn’t be Razer if you just wanted to swim in the crowd. This is why the Californian manufacturer goes to great lengths with the Raptor 27 and, according to the datasheet, relies on up to 420 cd / m² brightness, DisplayHDR 400, G-Sync Compatible and very good colour coverage as well as a variety of connections. The gaming monitor thus offers significantly more, but at 799 euros * it also costs more than the mainstream.
When it came to adjustment, the Raptor 27 not only caused big eyes with its different specifications, because the gaming monitor also breaks new ground with a striking design and extensive cable routing. More about this after the technical details.
Pleasantly packaged and pre-assembled
Usually, this chapter is so predictable that I now refrain from even mentioning it on most monitors. Razer doesn’t make the unpacking experience as unpleasant as most monitor manufacturers. It starts with the fact that the box can be opened to the side and you don’t have to spread annoying styrofoam crumbs on the floor. The same is not even available and the gaming monitor can be taken out of the packaging as a whole without fiddling. The accessories do not fly around either but are carefully placed in a small box.
Scope of delivery Razer Raptor 27:
- Raptor 27
- DisplayPort cable
- HDMI cable
- USB-C cable
- USB-A extension cord cable
- Power cord
- power adapter
- operation manual
Be careful with the cable
While the installation of the monitor itself remains overdue, the attachment of the cables is an unusual act: the display has to be folded back 90 ° at the highest level so that the connections can be accessed from the front. The stand also has dedicated cable guides for each ribbon cable, but the individual covers on the stand must be removed beforehand. These ultimately always fix two cables in their duct.
It’s not as complicated as it might sound, but there are a few catches. The automatic tilt mechanism can be damaged if one tries not to tilt the display in the highest position. Also, there should be enough space behind the monitor for the tilt. You also run the risk of maltreating the cables if you attach them carelessly.
The problem? When the cables are plugged in, the monitor is in the 90 ° position. Then you set it up so that you can thread the cables into the guides on the back. At this point, the panel pushes the cables back and the buffer between the connector and the cable guide shortens unnoticed. If you turn the display back to the 90 ° position at a later point in time, the cables on the back are held so tightly by the cable guide that the connections bend backwards.
For this reason, you should leave enough cable length as a buffer between the connections and the cable guide. In retrospect, this can only be achieved with a little force or by pushing and pulling the cables at the same time. Razer points out the situation with stickers and if you don’t attach new cables to the monitor every day, you shouldn’t have any problems with the initial setup. If you want, you can also connect all cables directly to the monitor, even if not all of them are needed. Perhaps Razer will still come up with a more gallant solution for the successor.
Simple design, massive construction
Like most Razer products, the Razer Raptor 27 has a relatively minimalist design, which I find very pleasant. Apart from the display itself, narrow frames and the matt black base dominate the front. The base has Razer Chroma-enabled RGB lighting on the bottom, which can, however, also be switched off. On the bottom is a small LED that lights up when the monitor is switched on. Apart from the small logo on the lower bezel, that was it.
The back of the Raptor 27 is covered with a matt black fabric, and Razer has placed another Razer logo and the cable routing on the back of the unusual stand. The green ribbon cables are eye-catching and stand out from the cladding. Due to the cable routing, the stand has its rectangular shape, which is a rarity in the segment of gaming monitors with V-shaped stands. But it gives the gaming monitor a massive appearance despite the narrow display frame.
With a weight of 11.5 kg, the Raptor 27 is a heavyweight among the 27 “monitors. This is not by chance, because the base is made entirely of solid metal and is connected to the display at two points. In plain language, this means that the gaming monitor is very stable on all surfaces and the panel cannot be disrupted so quickly. The workmanship of the monitor is impeccable, as is almost always the case with Razer products.
Construction allows two ergonomic functions
As an attentive reader, you will have noticed that the connection of the panel to the base at two points makes the absence of a swivel or pivot function seem obvious. That is also the case. The massive base is – no surprise either – not swivelling. However, it has two ergonomic functions that are essential for gamers and other users: It can be tilted and adjusted in height. The tilt mechanism even includes up to 90 °, so you can lie above the monitor if necessary and operate your PC without any problems. The panel can be adjusted in height by 10 cm. This is not a top score among gaming monitors, but it should be completely sufficient in everyday life. Since the stand cannot be dismantled, it cannot be installed using a VESA bracket.
Bright panel with very good colour reproduction
Let’s get to the heart of the Raptor 27 – the display. The matte, flat IPS panel with stable viewing angles is comfortably large at 27 ″ and, thanks to the WQHD resolution and a pixel density of just under 109 PPI, also very sharp. The maximum brightness is in the middle at 346 cd / m² and on average at 319 cd / m². These are good values for an IPS display, but not quite the 420 cd / m² promised in the datasheet. For the display of the DisplayHDR 400, however, selectively high brightness is important, which is difficult to measure in everyday life.
The values for interiors are always sufficient because only very few users should like to be illuminated with more than 300 cd / m² in the long term. The luminosity drops significantly towards the upper edge by up to 14%. That’s a lot, but you hardly notice it due to the generally high luminosity. It looks a little different from the black values. IPS panels often suffer from backlight bleeding and this is also the case with the Raptor 27. However, it is only noticeable at the two lower corners when you are sitting in a dark room and the display shows almost only black content.